RaceFans Round-up: Tsunoda expects Sprint Qualifying will make British GP “tough”


Within the round-up: Yuki Tsunoda says he gained’t be capable to construct up steadily to qualifying as he has in current races as a result of this weekend’s altered format.


Dash Qualifying complicates Tsunoda’s new method

After a collection of crashes throughout qualifying at Imola, Baku and Paul Ricard, Tsunoda revised his method to construct up his one-lap tempo extra steadily over three apply periods. Nonetheless the introduction of Dash Qualifying for this weekend’s race at Silverstone means drivers will solely have one session to arrange themselves.

The rookie driver is worried in regards to the have an effect on that may have on his race weekend.

“Now we come to Silverstone and I’ve good recollections from final yr, once I got here third within the Method 2 function race,” stated the AlphaTauri driver. “And, just like the Pink Bull Ring, it’s a observe that I’ve pushed at quite a bit, going again to once I was in F3.

“That’s all constructive, however the draw back at Silverstone, given I’ve by no means pushed a Method 1 automotive there earlier than, is that we solely have one free apply session earlier than qualifying, as this weekend we strive the ‘Dash Qualifying’ race on Saturday.

“It signifies that the brand new method I began to make use of in Austria is not going to work so properly this time. I count on that having to carry out properly in qualifying instantly after FP1 goes to be powerful.

“It is going to be fairly troublesome, however I’ll nonetheless attempt to velocity up step-by-step once more, like in Austria. However the dash race is one thing new for everybody. We should additionally assume that we will make set-up modifications between FP1 and qualifying, however after that we will’t actually change something. I feel it will be fairly a difficult week for everybody, however I’ll simply give attention to myself and on being as properly ready as doable.”

Perez cautious of Mercedes upgrades

Pink Bull “put a number of effort” into Dash preparation, says Perez

Sergio Perez is cautious of a doable resurgence from Mercedes this weekend as Pink Bull’s rivals deliver new elements for the British Grand Prix.

“I noticed Mercedes speak about upgrades so I’m positive they are going to be very sturdy this weekend,” stated Perez. “We’ll in fact strive our hardest as properly and hopefully we will come again up on high.”

He stated Pink Bull have been arduous at work to grasp the nuances of the brand new Dash Qualifying format.

“It is going to be fascinating to see the brand new race format for Method 1 too. As a workforce we’ve put in a number of effort to grasp the brand new race format, a number of preparation and apply has gone into this weekend. It is going to be very totally different for everybody, it’s undoubtedly thrilling and I hope that the arduous work pays off.”

Fanatec workforce up with Gran Turismo recreation maker

Simracing wheel producer Fanatec has introduced a tie-up with Gran Turismo writer Polyphony to develop particular merchandise licensed for the enormously common PlayStation recreation franchise.

“For a few years, Kazunori Yamauchi has pushed the bounds on the software program facet and performed an enormous function in making simracing common,” stated Thomas Jackermeier, CEO of Fanatec proprietor Endor AG.

“Now we’ve joined forces with the shared objective to proceed to merge digital and real-world racing collectively. We have now a number of thrilling initiatives within the pipeline and I can’t wait to see how they carry out in Gran Turismo.”

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